International Medical Corps is proud to mark World Refugee Day, this Sunday, June 20th and honor the more than 16 million refugees and 26 million internally displaced people (IDPs) worldwide based on the latest UN statistics. With the generous support of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and other international donors, International Medical Corps helps protect the health and well-being of some of the largest refugee, IDPs and host populations around the world.
Often uprooted with little or no warning, refugees and IDPs are forced to flee danger with little more than the clothes on their backs. Unable to return home, their only alternative is to rebuild their lives in makeshift camps or overcrowded urban areas where food, clean water and medicine are often scarce. Forced to start again in such harsh conditions with few possessions, little money and no job leave refugees susceptible to poverty, disease and malnutrition.
To help draw attention to the millions of people around the world without home or country on World Refugee Day, International Medical Corps has set up an online resource regarding the organization’s Refugee Response work around the world at www.InternationalMedicalCorps.org/refugee. By sharing the webpage with friends and family or making a contribution to International Medical Corps programs, supporters can help the organization continue its work in the most difficult environments to ensure the displaced have what they need to survive and rebuild their lives.